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April 2, 2013

10 things to know today

Daily look at late-breaking news

WASHINGTON —  

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. NORTH KOREA VOWS TO RESTART NUCLEAR REACTOR

The mothballed Yongbyon complex was closed in 2007 as part of an international nuclear disarmament deal.

2. CONNECTICUT REACHES DEAL ON `STRONGEST' GUN LAWS IN US

The deal bans high-capacity ammunition magazines like the ones used in the Newtown massacre and creates a statewide dangerous weapon offender registry.

3. THE MISTAKE THAT FREED PRISON CHIEF SLAYING SUSPECT

A paperwork error failed to catch a previous felony conviction for Evan Spencer Ebel, causing his release four years early from prison.

4. BAD NEWS FOR EUROPE'S ECONOMY

Unemployment across the 17 countries that use the euro rose to 12 percent for the first time the currency was launched in 1999.

5. SUSPICION FALLS ON WHITE SUPREMACIST IN DA SLAYING

Authorities had issued a bulletin warning that the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas might try to retaliate against law enforcement.

6. WHY OBAMA IS HESITANT TO ARM SYRIAN REBELS

The AP's Lara Jakes reports the U.S. is trying not to thwart positive disarmament talks with Iran.

7. FOR HOLMES, `JUSTICE IS DEATH'

Prosecutors will seek his execution if he is convicted of the Colorado movie theater attack that killed 12 people.

8. TOURISTS KIDNAPPED IN RIO

The couple was held for hours and the American woman was sexually assaulted aboard a public transport van in the Copacabana beach area.

9. `BUCKWILD' CAST MEMBER'S LAST RIDE

Shain Gandee was found dead in an SUV, along with his uncle and another man, along a muddy track in West Virginia.

10. `THE THREE BIG HOLIDAYS - THANKSGIVING, CHRISTMAS AND OPENING DAY'

Dodgers co-owner Stan Kasten echoes the feelings of many baseball fans who flocked to ballparks across the nation for an enduring rite of spring

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  • Court case to test 'Buy the Farm' law NEW PRAGUE (AP) — A case set for trial next week is expected to test Minnesota's "Buy the Farm" law, which is meant to require utilities building high-voltage power lines to buy out farms in the way if affected landowners demand it. The case pits th

    April 18, 2014

  • Judge strikes down part of state energy law MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge ruled Friday that part of a Minnesota law designed to promote the use of renewable energy is unconstitutional because it attempts to control business that takes place outside state borders — and she barred Minnesota

    April 18, 2014

  • White House updating online privacy policy A new Obama administration privacy policy released Friday explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and social media sites, and it clarifies that online comments, whether tirades or tribut

    April 18, 2014

  • Horse virus cases showing up in Upper Midwest BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — State officials in the Upper Midwest are cautioning horse owners about a virus that spreads easily among the animals and can lead to breathing problems, abortions and nervous system disorders. Three cases of equine herpesvirus

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  • Bear attacks spark debate: Kill them, or leave them alone? ORLANDO, Fla.—Dallas Smith thinks he has the answer to Central Florida’s black-bear threat, and he’s ready to lock and load it. “I think the fear of God needs to be put back into them,” said Smith, 47, who wants state authorities to lift restriction

    April 18, 2014

  • Tourism push plays up 'Only in Minnesota' ST. PAUL — (AP) — Say goodbye to "More to Explore." Minnesota tourism promoters ushered in a new slogan Thursday that focuses on "Only in Minnesota" experiences as part of their largest-ever advertising campaign. The revamped message kicks off a maj

    April 17, 2014

  • mfp ap pipeline photo Minnesota Pipe Line seeks to expand capacity MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Pipe Line Co. announced plans Thursday to nearly double the capacity of a crude oil pipeline that carries oil from Canada and North Dakota to the two refineries in the Twin Cities that produce most of Minnesota's and much

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  • Holder asserts his commitment to fighting heroin WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has been crusading for more lenient treatment for nonviolent drug offenders, making it a top priority before he is expected to leave office this year. Recently, however, he has been forced to confront

    April 17, 2014

  • Less-schooled whites lose longevity, study finds ATLANTA — Barbara Gentry slowly shifts her heavy frame out of a chair and uses a walker to move the dozen feet to a chair not far from the pool table at the Buford Senior Center. Her hair is white and a cough sometimes interrupts her speech, but she

    April 17, 2014